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Exclusive interview with mother of Bianca Devins; more top stories (Good Morning CNY for Dec. 6)


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Photo of the Day #NotAgainSU walk-out

Student protesters from the #NotAgainSU movement continued calls for the resignations of Chancellor Kent Syverud and three other top-level administrators. (Julie McMahon | jmcmahon@syracuse.com)

'WE'RE STILL HERE': #NotAgainSU student protesters held a walk-out on the Syracuse University campus Thursday afternoon, continuing their calls for the resignations of Chancellor Kent Syverud and three top-level administrators. District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said in a TV interview in November the issues on campus would be “a non-story once winter break comes and the students come back.” One protester said the group would “make sure the DA was wrong.” (Julie McMahon photo)

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“Bianca is much more than those photos:” The brutal murder of Bianca Devins exposed the sheer cruelty of Internet users — and the kindness of strangers online. Her mother, Kim Devins, sat down for an exclusive interviewso people will know the real Bianca. “Bianca is much more than those photos. She’s much more than her death, and she’s much more than a murder case."

Peppino’s loses contract at State Fair’s Expo Center: Peppino’s initially signed a five-year deal as the exclusive provider of food and beverage services at the new Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds. The contract was then reduced to a three-year deal set to expire in 2021. And now, the state has terminated the contract.

DA proposes ‘stop and frisk’ at Destiny: In response to the Black Friday shooting at Destiny USA, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick is proposing that mall security target people who they feel are more likely to commit a crime, then question and search them. One critic says that’s reckless.

What makes Syracuse great? To celebrate the 25th anniversary of syracuse.com, we’re exploring what makes Syracuse great, and we’ve come up with 25 things that fit the bill — including an abundance of job opportunities. If you’re interested in working in the defense industry, Central New York is a good place to be.

Syracuse.com is part of Google’s new audio news experience, Your News Update. Here’s how to add it to your lineup, or to Amazon Alexa.

SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: Want to join group chats about SU sports, the Bills, the local restaurant scene and the best of CNY? You can SIGN UP HERE to get texts from syracuse.com reporters Brent Axe, Matt Parrino, Jacob Pucci and Charlie Miller.

Looking Ahead

Start your 2020 concert planning: Live Nation announced Thursday that lawn passes will be available for the St. Joe’s Amp in Syracuse for the 2020 concert season. For $199 (plus fees and taxes), fans will get lawn seats for every concert at the Syracuse venue next year.

Sports & Scores The Orange takes on the Hawkeyes

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim tries to get a call during a game against Iowa on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. (Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com)

IS IT TIME TO PANIC?: These are dark days for the Syracuse University basketball team as the Orange has lost three straight games by double-digits and sits at 4-4. The volume and tone of the emails, texts and tweets coming into Mike’s Mailbox reflected the fan base's concern. With a tough ACC slate around the corner, Mike Waters dug into if Jim Boeheim has ever had a losing season and is any help on the way. Check out the questions and answers. (Dennis Nett photo)

SU women’s team also struggling: The Syracuse women’s basketball team also sits at 4-4 after a third straight loss. The Orange couldn’t hold a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead at No. 24 Michigan and lost in overtime.

Breanna back? Central NY native and Seattle Storm superstar Breanna Stewart has set a target date to return to basketball from a torn Achilles.

Can Bills slow down Lamar Jackson?: Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander knows there is only one way to stop the red-hot Baltimore Ravens and their star quarterback.

High schools: Section III scoreboard

In Brief

Human skeleton found by hunter in Upstate NY woods

6-year-old boy shot in Syracuse remains in critical condition

Is there a funky new rollerskating rink in Liverpool? Not quite

Dog who chewed off own leg gets surgery, new lease on life at Upstate NY farm

Horror movie shot in Syracuse to premiere at Sundance film festival

Local teenager creates his own soccer club

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Source: Exclusive interview with mother of Bianca Devins; more top stories (Good Morning CNY for Dec. 6)

What should be done with Onondaga Lake Parkway? More top stories (Good Morning CNY for Dec. 5)


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Photo of the Day Onondaga Lake Parkway

A rendering of proposed changes to Onondaga Lake Parkway. (Photo courtesy NYS DOT)

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO ONONDAGA LAKE PARKWAY? TELL US: The state is proposing to reduce much of Onondaga Lake Parkway from four lanes to two lanes (shown in the rendering above) in an effort to make the major corridor safer for the tens of thousands of drivers who use it each day. Many agree the parkway has problems, but is reducing lanes the answer? The state says yes; many who came to a village meeting earlier this week weren’t convinced. What do you think? Send us your ideas and questions about the project. We'll do our best to get the answers. (NYS DOT rendering)

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“Please hide us!”: Nasser Amer was minding his Tipp Hill convenience store Tuesday evening when three women, one carrying a baby, rushed inside. “They said, ‘Please hide us! Please hide us!’ " Amer said. "The fear on their face was amazing.” Amer later learned that the women were fleeing from the armed man who was shot and killed by police on Fenton Street Tuesday night.

Pearl Harbor shooting: The military says a U.S. sailor shot and killed two civilian Department of Defense employees at the Pearl Harbor shipyard before taking his own life on Wednesday.

Nursing home aide charged: A Syracuse nursing home employee is accused of slapping a 90-year-old resident in the face with a wet cloth and bruising her. She is facing charges and has resigned.

The great chicken sandwich battle: Popeye’s or Chick-fil-A: Who has the better chicken sandwich? The debate has raged on social media and in the restaurants for months. So, which chain is the winner? We went to some experts -- chefs and students at Syracuse University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies -- and their decision was unanimous.

What makes Syracuse great? To celebrate the 25th anniversary of syracuse.com, we’re exploring what makes Syracuse great, and we’ve come up with 25 things that fit the bill -- including apples. Apple picking is more than a fall excursion. In Central New York, it’s a rite of passage.

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Looking Ahead

Plan your weekend: December is ushering in all the hustle and bustle of the season with holiday activities including breakfasts with Santa, tree lightings, and real live reindeer in Hanover Square. Here are 23 fun events for you to check out.

Summer tours make Upstate stops: Maroon 5 will be making memories on a tour with Meghan Trainor that will stop twice in Upstate NY next year; meanwhile, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are joining forces for a tour that will roll into Buffalo in August.

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Christy Martin, left, delivers a blow to Dakota Stone during a fight in 2009 at the grandstand at the New York State Fairgrounds. (File photo | Gloria Wright, The Post-Standard)

HISTORIC HALL OF FAMER: Christy Martin (left), shown above in a 2009 fight against Dakota Stone at the New York State Fairgrounds, will be one of three female fighters inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June in Canastota. The Hall announced the 2020 inductees on Wednesday, and for the first time categories for women's boxing were on the ballot. Martin and Lucia Rijker were elected in the women's Modern category, while Barbara Buttrick was elected in the women's Trailblazer category. Among the other members of the Class of 2020 are Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez and "Sugar" Shane Mosley. See the full slate of inductees. (Gloria Wright, file photo, The Post-Standard)

Grading the Orange football team: SU entered the 2019 season with hopes of upsetting Clemson and chasing a spot in the Orange Bowl. The season ended with a disappointing 5-7 record. Before fully turning the page to what projects as a very busy offseason, here’s our position-by-position grades and team superlatives.

What happened? How did Iowa become the latest team to dispatch the Syracuse men’s basketball team? By focusing on three SU players.

AHL hockey: Charlotte beats the Crunch

High schools: Section III scoreboard

In Brief

Authorities ID man they say shot 6-year-old nephew, was killed by police

Company moving 54 Upstate NY manufacturing jobs to Mississippi

Syracuse police union OKs contract; Brass hopes it will boost numbers

CNY woman stopped at Syracuse airport with loaded gun in carry-on bag

Julie Abbott-Kenan’s court order in domestic case divides up garage

Sunoco gas station canopy collapses in Cicero (photo)

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This Week's Top Stories: Hong Kong Rattles Markets, Trillion-Dollar Holiday?


From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, these are the top stories that moved markets and had investors, business leaders, and entrepreneurs talking this week on Cheddar.

HONG KONG RATTLES MARKETS

Stocks ended the week lower, snapping a record-setting run in an abbreviated week of thin trading. Better-than-expected economic data, from durable goods orders to weekly jobless claims to GDP revisions, all helped fuel the pre-Thanksgiving gains. Those data points were replaced, post-holiday, by fresh trade concerns, which deepened after President Trump signed a bill Wednesday in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. That legislation, which among things authorized sanctions on Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses in Hong Kong, infuriated Beijing. The Chinese government said the bill "seriously interfered with Hong Kong affairs, seriously interfered with China’s internal affairs, and seriously violated international law and basic norms of international relations.” It remains unclear whether the bill, largely symbolic, will interfere with the trade negotiations between the world's two biggest economies. Despite the jitters, the S&P 500 finished its best month since June.

TRILLION-DOLLAR HOLIDAY?

Retailers are hoping for a huge Black Friday/Cyber Monday showing, but for many the shopping extravaganza began earlier than ever. This was the first Thanksgiving ever to surpass $4 billion in online sales, with nearly half coming from mobile devices, according to data from Adobe Analytics. Total online sales are projected to reach $144 billion for the full season. Despite economic concerns related to the ongoing trade war, unemployment is near record lows, consumer confidence is high, and people are opening their wallets. The analytics firm eMarketer is estimating this could be the first-ever $1 trillion holiday shopping season when all is said and done.

BUZZKILL

A bad year for cannabis stocks got worse, with the FDA's release of its first-ever warning about the health risks of the hugely popular CBD cannabis component. CBD was taken off a list of banned substances last year and has grown to become a pillar of the fledgling U.S. cannabis industry, with claims that it can help anxiety, inflammation and insomnia, without the psychotropic effects of THC. But federal regulators pumped the brakes on those claims, saying CBD has the potential to cause liver damage, changes in mood and gastrointestinal problems. Investors are worried the report could signal the FDA plans a crackdown on the CBD market, and the report sent shares of publicly-traded cannabis firms like Tilray, Aurora and Cronos lower. Some of those stocks recovered later in the week on expectations that they will see a boost from increased holiday spending.

MERGER MANIA

Two huge, industry-shaking mergers were announced at the start of the shortened week. The country’s two largest discount brokerages made it official, with, Charles Schwab shelling out $26 billion in an all-stock deal to acquire TD Ameritrade. The retail brokerage industry has been shaken up, with upstarts like Robinhood taking market share from established firms, leading Schwab, Ameritrade and others to cut, or do away entirely, with commission-based trades. Meanwhile, in retail, LVMH, the European luxury giant behind fashion brands like Louis Vuitton and Fendi, is buying Tiffany in a $16 billion acquisition. The iconic jeweler has been suffering from weak sales in the U.S. and is betting on an expansion in China to fuel growth. LVMH is credited with becoming one of the most valuable companies in Europe due, in large part, to the success of its brands in the Chinese market.

SLOW GOING FOR BOEING

The chances of the 737 Max getting the stamp of approval from the FAA before the end of the year is getting smaller by the day. The smart money is now betting that it will be January, at the earliest, before the Max is re-certified to fly. Regulators are reportedly planning to inspect every single new 737 Max and, even then, it would take several more weeks for airlines to get their Max fleets back into service. Adding to the concerns for Boeing: Congress is said to be planning another hearing for December in which FAA officials would testify about the safety procedures involved in certifying the Max before the two crashes that killed nearly 350 people. Boeing, ending a year in the midst of its biggest corporate crisis ever, has seen its shares lose 15 percent of their value since March, when the second crash led to the worldwide grounding of the Max jet.


Source: This Week's Top Stories: Hong Kong Rattles Markets, Trillion-Dollar Holiday?



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